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Aberlink’s Fulcrum CMM ‘goes full 3-D’

Posted on 17 Nov 2023. Edited by: John Hunter. Read 913 times.
Aberlink’s Fulcrum CMM ‘goes full 3-D’Gloucestershire-based Aberlink launched the Fulcrum CMM in May this year at Control 2023. Originally available with a vertical stylus, it has proved very successful in being the next logical step-up in metrology capability to a 2-D height gauge.

Early customers of the Fulcrum CMM have confirmed just how easy it is to use as a shop manual CMM, checking parts off machine tools after each machining operation. They have reported a significant reduction in queuing time for CMM inspection and tremendous financial savings due to reduced scrap and rework.

Following the Fulcrum CMM launch, Aberlink has been developing its 3-D capability. This was not a straightforward task because metrology performance was critical as well as ease of use. To overcome both these issues, Aberlink has made its own bespoke star styli, star stylus calibration procedure and 3-D software user interface. Star styli available from other leading manufacturers were not stiff enough and affected the CMM’s accuracy, whereas the bespoke styli made by Aberlink ensures excellent metrology performance and accessibility to side-face features measured in the X-Z or Y-Z projection planes.

Aberlink has now launched a full 3-D upgrade package for the Fulcrum CMM. Existing customers can purchase this upgrade package and new customers can order the 2.5-D (vertical stylus) or 3-D (star stylus) Fulcrum machine. This 3-D capability will significantly increase the versatility and appeal of the Fulcrum CMM for shopfloor measurement. Aberlink has also enhanced the 3-D scanning capability of the Fulcrum CMM, for reverse engineering and CAD comparison applications.

The Fulcrum warranty period has been extended to three years, giving customers an additional two years of protection. This extension gives customers peace of mind and demonstrates Aberlink’s confidence in the quality of its product.

The Fulcrum CMM is a disruptive technology, sold at a disruptive price. Demonstration systems have been delivered to Aberlink resellers and potential customers can request an on-site demonstration of the Fulcrum measuring their own parts.